Pictured at the IASB convention are, from left: Front row: Board Vice President Melanie Tietz and Board members Cindy Schissel and Brian Petersburg; Back row: Superintendent Mike Haluska, Board President Ron Fadness and Board member John Hjelle. (Submitted photo)
Pictured at the IASB convention are, from left: Front row: Board Vice President Melanie Tietz and Board members Cindy Schissel and Brian Petersburg; Back row: Superintendent Mike Haluska, Board President Ron Fadness and Board member John Hjelle. (Submitted photo)

The Decorah School Board and Superintendent Mike Haluska have been honored for their willingness to make a difference - both at the Board table and for students.

At the Iowa Associaiton of School Board's (IASB) 68th Annual Convention, Decorah School Board team members were honored for making that difference. Through IASB's Better Boardsmanship Awards Program, three individual board members received Award of Achievement certificates: Ronald Fadness, John Hjelle and Melanie Tietz.

In addition, the Board as a whole also took home a District Awards of Achievement plaque, and Superintendent Mike Haluska was recognized with the Superintendent's Award of Honor.

These awards recognize Board members and superintendents who put forth extra time and energy to strengthen their boardsmanship abilities through formal in-service programs, workshops and other commitments like advocating with legislators or serving on statewide committees or boards.

IASB board president Patti Fields commended the Decorah Board members and Haluska for their hard work.

"Each individual in this select group of board team members takes extra steps to make sure they are informed and capable as they strive to improve outcomes for students," Fields said.

More than 49 board members, six superintendents and five whole boards were recipients of these acclaimed awards.